Most of the time I sit here wishing you could all come over and hang out with Olivia for a while and really get to know her. Even though I feel like I do a good job of describing her, there’s no replacement for actually knowing her.
I look at her and how she’s dressed so cute and her hair is just so with her beautiful brown eyes magnified by those adorable tortoise-shell glasses and I think to myself, if only you knew her. If only you could be here in the morning to see her eat her oatmeal, watch Tom and Jerry and giggle and walk to the bus all by herself. If you knew her, your eyes would tear up watching her walk to the bus and climb those stairs solo too. You wouldn’t be able to stand how cute she is each and every morning.
When she gets home from school, she practically floats off the bus, she’s so excited. I get a big bear hug and a kiss and a “HI MOM!!! I missed you today!”. If you knew her, you’d light up too when she gets off the bus and greets you. She tells me a little about her day and asks for her favorite TV show. Her shoes can’t come off fast enough as she heads upstairs or grabs the remote in the family room. I love reading about her day and how she can’t wait to get her pjs and slippers on. She runs upstairs to greet her “friends”…the pile of stuffed animals on her bed. If only you knew her, you’d just shake your head and laugh over how cute she is, how animated she is, how far she’s come
At dinner, she eats like an animal, but she eats all by herself. Shesometimes uses a spoon but it’s so much easier to use her hands. After she’s eaten just enough, she requests Oreos. She’s even started getting them off the top shelf of the pantry herself. Can you even believe she’s that tall? You watch her make a mess dipping her Oreos in milk after she’s scraped off all of the Double Stuff. You don’t care that it’s messy because it bring she so much joy. If you knew her, you wouldn’t mind the mess either.
At bed time, she just revels in stories. She loves books, she loves to read. The funnier the book, the better for Olivia. If there are silly noises, you’ll win her over. I love reading books to her and making her laugh. It’s time to tuck her in and a million kisses doesn’t feel like enough to match her cuteness and loveliness. If you knew her, you’d just want to eat her up too. Most nights, you can’t believe how things work out and how you’re the luckiest mom in the whole world. If you knew her, you’d thank your lucky stars too.
If you knew her, you’d consider yourself lucky, you’d be head over heels in love and you wouldn’t even want to let her go.